By Julissa Catalan
A Missouri man with a long track record of racism and anti-Semitism has been arrested for shooting and killing three people on Sunday afternoon at a pair of Kansas Jewish facilities.
According to police, a doctor and his 14-year old grandson were shot at a Jewish Community Center parking lot, and a woman was killed outside the Village Shalom senior living community. Frazier Glenn Miller was arrested a short while later at an elementary school a mile away from Village Shalom.
Miller, who also goes by Frazier Glenn Cross, faces charges of first-degree murder.
The shootings occurred in Overland Park, Kan., a large suburb of about 170,000 people, located just across state lines from Kansas City, Mo.
A video taken by KMBC shows the suspect sitting in the back of a police car yelling, “Heil Hitler!”
Southern Poverty Law Centera civil rights organization that tracks hate groupsidentified Miller as the 73-year-old founder and grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
SPLC sued Miller 30 years ago for harassing Blacks, and refer to him as a “raging anti-Semite”. He spent six months in prison after being held in contempt for violating the settlement terms of the SPLC lawsuit and an additional three years in prison for plotting to rob and assassinate Morris Dee, leader of SPLC. He received a plea bargain in the later case after testifying against other KKK leaders.
Millerwho is a known fan of David Duke, a white nationalist and former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and Louis Farrakhan, former leader of the Nation of Islam who blamed Jews for slavery in the U.S.managed a white supremacy-focused website where he shunned racial mixing, and unsuccessfully ran for the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in the past decade.
He was interviewed by famed Jewish radio DJ Howard Stern in 2010. When Stern asked Miller who he hated more, Blacks or Jews, he replied, “Jews. A thousand times more. Compared to our Jewish problem, all other problems are mere distraction.” He went on to say that Jews controlled the Federal Reserve Bank, the federal government and mass media, “and with those powers, they’re committing genocide against the white race.”
He also referred to Hitler as “the greatest man who ever walked the earth,” and said he had “a great deal of respect for Muslim people.”
Two of the victims have been identified as Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reet Griffin Underwood, a high school freshman and Eagle Scout. The pair, both Christians, had reportedly been at the Jewish Community Center for a talent competition audition that Underwood was participating in. According to a statement by the Corporon family, Dr. Corporon was a “well-loved physician in the Johnson County community,” who had been married to his wife for almost 50 years.
“While it is too early to label these shootings as a hate crime, the fact that two Jewish institutions were targeted by the same individual just prior to the start of the Passover holiday is deeply troubling and certainly gives us pause,” Karen Aroesty, St. Louis regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement on Sunday.
As of Monday, officials have labeled this a hate crime. This was anticipated by much of the community and media due to the mountains of obvious past history, as well as noting that the incident took place just before Passover on April 15th, and Hitler’s birthday, April 20th.